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Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy

October 26, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT

Presented by The Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies

This webinar is being hosted on Zoom. The link to the Zoom meeting will be included in your order confirmation email from Eventbrite.

This live course offers 4 APA CE credits for Psychologists, 4 BBS California CEUs for Licensed Counselors, Social Workers or Marriage and Family Therapists, or 4 NBCC Clock Hours.

About This Event

DBT is an evidence-based psychotherapy that has been proven effective with a multitude of behavioral health challenges, including borderline personality disorder, suicidality and self-harm, mood disorders, and substance use. This introductory workshop will focus on and discuss an overview and orientation to basic DBT concepts including the structure and components that make up comprehensive DBT implementation.

Participants will be introduced to the stages of treatment and learn how DBT targets and prioritizes specific behaviors. The presenter will discuss how to incorporate target behaviors into treatment planning and develop a diary card for self-monitoring and progress assessment. Additionally, participants will learn about dialectics and validation strategies and be provided foundational information on acceptance and change strategies.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program participants will be able to:

1) explain the biosocial theory

2) Name all 5 modes of comprehensive DBT treatment

3) Identify levels of validation

4) Correctly organize the general target hierarchy for stage 1 clients


Lesley Baird Chapin, Psy.D. is the Vice President and Executive Director of the Pauquette Center for Psychological Services and the Dialectical Behavior Therapy trainer for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and the Wisconsin DBT Training Collaborative. Dr. Chapin received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 2009. She completed her internship at CMC-Randolph Behavioral Health in Charlotte, North Carolina, and her post-doctoral supervision with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. She has practiced DBT and clinical psychology in inpatient, outpatient, residential, correctional and forensic settings with adolescents, adults, and families since 2006 and has specific training and experience applying DBT with individuals who have experienced trauma. Dr. Chapin is a board certified DBT clinician, certified by the Linehan Board of Certification, the only certification body sanctioned by the creator of the treatment. Dr. Chapin has been providing DBT training for mental health professionals, medical professionals, and support professionals since 2014.

Program Standards and Goals

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.1: Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.


Koerner, K. (2012). Doing dialectical behavior therapy: A practical guide. The Guilford Press.

Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT skills training manual (2nd ed.). The Guilford Press.

Swenson, C. R. (2016). DBT principles in Action. New York: The Guilford Press.

Registration and Fees

Chicago School Faculty, Students, and Alumni: Free (Chicago School email required for free registration)

Community Members: $50.00

Potential Students Only (*No CEUs Provided*)

All funds raised through this workshop will benefit The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Washington DC Campus Counseling Department Scholarship Program.

Refund Policy: 100% of tuition is refundable up to 48 hours before the program. Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.

Continuing Education

Target Audience: Professionals from all mental health disciplines and graduate students from all mental health disciplines.

Psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Danielle Bohrer at 312-467-2364. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program, and pass a brief comprehension quiz, in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC Campus has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 3061. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


October 26, 2021
9:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT


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